How to Stop Time

Matt Haig

I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.
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The Sunday Times top ten bestseller from the author of The Midnight Library and The Humans

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Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity, he can stay one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love.

But what if the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him?

“A rollicking time-hopping fantasy … How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight”

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“Hugely entertaining”
John Boyne
irish Times

“Outlandish … heartwarming, perceptive prose”
Anita Sethi
daily Telegraph

“An imaginative, ambitious novel by an author with an infectious passion for history and the human condition”
sunday Express

“Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life”

Matt Haig

Matt Haig has written a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. This includes the novels The Humans, How to Stop Time and The Midnight Library, several children’s books and most recently the self-help book The Comfort Book.

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